Fishing Report - February 27- March 5, 2016

Welcome back to the penultimate edition of the 2015-16 Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  Historically low water conditions continue here as we wind down the fishing for another season.  The fishery remains consistently inconsistent with some great days interspersed with a few days enjoying the “total experience.” But every day out is special regardless of the fishing action here, with wildlife encounters galore, and the opportunity to be immersed in the jungle environment.

Last week we had a nice mix of regulars and newcomers, and everyone enjoyed some great fishing, with trophy peacock bass landed by every angler in camp.  Some days there is great action for smaller fish, some days a few trophies are in play, and occasionally, it all lines up for a truly magical day of fishing.

Here’s first time ABAL guest, Will Stephens with one of several great fish he brought to the boga last week, apparently despite having been impaled by his fly rod!

As we have seen throughout this season, experience counts when the water is skinny and the fish are wary. Not only is it more of a challenge for the anglers, but the guides also must up their game every day to have the best chance at success.  Without exception, the guides on the Agua Boa have what it takes to put anglers in the best position to succeed, all while keeping a good humor and perspective when a trophy fish gets away. 

While their outward demeanor remains sunny, some of the guides are beginning to show the strain of six months on the river.  Here’s Head Guide, Joseph, keeping it real here at the end of the season.

One of the highlights of the fishing this year has been the plethora of walk/wade opportunities.  With low water, there are endless sandbars and beaches to wander allowing an angler to encounter fish at closer range than is often possible from the boat.  When the light conditions are good, many anglers enjoy an hour’s barefoot shuffle along the edge of the sand.  It is a particularly satisfying feeling to land a nice fish in close quarters and on foot. 

And no matter what, taking a moment to notice the vast quiet that surrounds you and to savor the privilege of having a piece of this amazing wilderness to yourself reminds you why you fly fish in the first place.

Thanks for checking in with the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We look forward to seeing you here on the river!

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt